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Newfoundland

Overview

Featuring rugged coastlines, quiet beauty and friendly folks

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Newfoundland, fondly called “The Rock” is a large and diverse island – about the size of California. The sea still is a major influence on the food, the language, the history and the future of this land. Spend 8 full days exploring the rich diversity of people, from the Indigenous cultures to the Irish seafarers to the oil industry workers of today. As we travel from the west coast to the east, keep your eyes open for moose; along the shoreline watch for the icebergs; in Bulls Bay visit the wildlife sanctuary for puffins and other seabirds. The island is populated with folks who love to sing and tell stories so we will join them on four different occasions to share some music, food and stories.

  • 3 nights in Gros Morne National Park region
  • 2 nights in Central Newfoundland – Gander and Twillingate 
  • Visit the Gander International Airport, Aviation Museum and other “Come from Away” sites
  • 3 nights in St. John’s, the largest city with a dash of the Irish Coast
     

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1-3

There are no direct flights, or even conveniently scheduled flights to Newfoundland from California, so we are going to make it a leisurely journey across the continent so that when we do land, we are ready to fully experience the grandeur of Western Newfoundland. Drive to San Francisco, with an early morning flight to Toronto the following day; overnight in Toronto, with another morning flight arriving in Newfoundland early afternoon. Tonight you have your first sample of Newfoundland entertainment at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. San Francisco Airport hotel; Toronto Airport hotel; and Shallow Bay Motel, Cow Head – 1 night each (2D)

Day 4

Western Brook Pond is one of the most notable sights in Gros Morne National Park, with deep blue waters and steep rock walls rising straight out of the water. It is a 1.5 mile walk along a gravel path to reach the pond. Your efforts are rewarded with spectacular scenery and a 2-hour boat ride. Of course, then you have to walk back 1.5 miles. Too much walking for you? Bonne Bay is another more easily accessible option. Tonight a special treat has been created just for you… a progressive dinner featuring local regional foods. Ocean View Hotel – 2 nights. (B,D)

Day 5

Continue your exploration of Gros Morne National Park with a park geologist, travel through the park with a local guide to Trout River for lunch and a look around. Dinner is on your own tonight but you are going to want to eat in the pub so you have a good seat for the show, Anchors Aweigh. (B,L)

Day 6

The journey begins today as we head to Gander, made famous on September 11, 2001 when dozens of planes and hundreds of people from around the world landed on their runways. With a local guide, visit the airport, the aviation museum and other sites made famous in the hit Broadway show, Come from Away. The folks in Gander are both shy and proud of the role they played. Nearly everyone you meet has a story from that fateful incident; yet many choose not to openly share it. Sinbads – 2 nights (B,L)

Day 7

Beothuk Interpretation Centre offers insight to this unique now vanished culture of the Indigineous peoples of the region. In Twillingate, explore a seaside village, where iceberg watching is a common pastime. Tonight, another show, Here to Stay inspired by the events of 911 features beautiful ballads, comedic songs, a few Irish favorites and a little step dancing gives you another taste of Newfoundland. (B,L,D)

Day 8-10

Leaving Gander behind, continue east towards St. John’s on the Avalon Peninsula. Spend the next few days on the “Irish Coast.” Wander down narrow criss-crossing streets past colourful jellybean row houses lining the sides of steep hills; visit Quidi Vidi, a charming village that embodies the spirit of an old fishing outport; walk up Signal Hill to the iconic Cabot Tower, commemorating John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland, and Marconi’s first transatlantic wireless message. Within a short drive of St. Johns, travel the historic Irish Loop, take a boat ride out to Bay Bulls and Witless Bay for puffin viewing and whale watching. The Spirit of Newfoundland dinner show concludes our time on “The Rock,” as we weave our own tales into their tunes. Sheraton St. John’s – 3 nights (3B,2L,D)

Day 11

Return to California by way of Toronto. As you travel home, the melodies and sights of Newfoundland play through your mind… it truly was a visit to a different time and place. (B)
 

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options

Departures

Monday, June 1, 2020 to Thursday, June 11, 2020

11 Days, 18 Meals

7 breakfast, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (including 3 dinner shows)

$6510
p.p./dbl.occ.
$7135
single

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